Relief as students released on bail

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RELIEF: Some of the students and their parents outside court after they had been released.

RELIEF: Some of the students and their parents outside court after they had been released.

Four Avele students were released on bail yesterday after they appeared before Judge Vaepule Vaemoa Vaai in the District Court. 

The four accused were represented by lawyer Semi Leung Wai while Iliganoa Atoa appeared for the National Prosecution Office yesterday.

The four students were, Jason Vitale, Shammah Peato, Peter Tauaana and Metai Fono who faced nine joint charges. 

All the charges were not disclosed in court yesterday, but through their lawyer, they  entered their not guilty pleas and the matter is now adjourned to the 27 and 28th July for hearing. 

The students were also given strict conditions to report to the Apia Police main headquarters every Tuesday and Thursday before 12noon and their curfew is from 9pm to 6am every day. 

Outside of the court room the student’s parents were excited as their children were being released. 

Some of the parents were complaining about their children being beaten up by the police in prison and said they will make sure that those officers will pay for what they have done.

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